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As Season 4’s “Ghost Rider” arc came to a close, two agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally cracked open that bottle of Haig, sharing extra-warm, knowing smiles across the rims of their Old Fashioned glasses.
Thing is, one of those agents is not who they seem to be.
But more on that in a moment. For now, let us talk simply of the idea that Phil Coulson is finally steering his oft-tested friendship with longtime colleague Melinda May in a very new direction. “In different moments, it’s »
Shia Labeouf wishes he could have a do over on some of his previous comments about legendary director Steven Spielberg. Shortly after completing Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Labeouf told the Los Angeles Times that Spielberg had “done so much great work that there’s no need for him to feel vulnerable about one film, but when you drop the ball you drop the ball.”
Labeouf later told Variety that Spielberg was “less a director than he is a f---ing company.” Now, Labeouf says he feels he was too harsh on Spielberg. “I f--- up sometimes, you know,” Labeouf told SiriusXM’s “Sway In The Morning” show. “I probably could’ve gone lighter on Spielberg, that was probably something I should’ve backed off of.” Labeouf »
- Graham Winfrey
Presented by Deadhouse Films, The 10th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, screen simultaneously at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from November 24 to December 4, 2016. Says festival director Dean Bertram:
The 10th annual festival is going to be our biggest event yet. Featuring over 100 films, several international filmmaker guests, multiple parties and a horror filmmaking master class; Sydney’s genre fans and filmmaking community are going to be treated to eleven days of the best and freshest horror, sci-fi, and fantasy from around the globe.
The festival opens on Thursday November 24, with the Australian premiere of the international festival hit Peelers, plus a Q&A with special international guest: Canadian director Sevé Schelenz. And in keeping with the spirit of the bloody hilarious film, the screening will be followed by a “zombie and strippers” themed after party.
The closing night film, »
- Phil Wheat
Stanley Kubrick was famously meticulous, and over the years and decades many have searched for insights into his exacting process. That serves as the subject of “Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes,” a 2008 documentary directed by Jon Ronson. The 48-minute film has recently been uploaded to Vimeo, and is now available to watch.
Kubrick kept a trove of artifacts related to his own work, including set photos and personal notes like “please see there is a supply of melons kept in the house at all times.” Ronson first came into contact with the “2001,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “A Clockwork Orange” director in 1996, when an assistant of Kubrick’s reached out in regards to a documentary about the Holocaust Ronson had directed.
- Michael Nordine
Candice Drouet’s latest video compares a number of shots from Steven Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence — which he famously took over at Stanley Kubrick’s request — with shots they’re modeled on from Kubrick’s work. Refreshingly for a supercut video, the Spielberg shots do seem directly modeled after specific Kubrick shots rather than merely relying upon vague similarities. »
- Filmmaker Staff
“A.I. Artificial Intelligence” was directed by Steven Spielberg, but that wasn’t always the plan. Spielberg took the reins of the ambitious sci-fi film in earnest after Stanley Kubrick, who had been developing the project in one form or another since the 1970s, passed away in 1999. The finished film is much closer to Spielberg’s sensibilities than it is to Kubrick’s for obvious reasons, but traces of the “2001: A Space Odyssey” director can be found throughout.
A brief new video essay highlights those similarities , putting shots of “A.I.” up against those from “A Clockwork Orange,” “The Shining,” “Barry Lyndon” and “2001.” Some of these visual links are tenuous, though a few bear a striking resemblance to Kubrick’s work, namely “Clockwork.”
- Michael Nordine
When director Stanley Kubrick died in 1999, his proposed adaptation of the 1969 short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss did not die with him. Instead, with the approval of Kubrick’s widow, the project was inherited by a second director, Steven Spielberg, who had originally intended only to produce. The resulting film, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, was released in 2001 to decidedly mixed reviews. A common complaint at the time was that Spielberg had taken a soft, sentimental approach to the material that was at odds with Kubrick’s colder, more detached sensibility.
But a new video by French filmmaker Candice Drouet suggests that Spielberg’s film is, in fact, extremely faithful to Kubrick’s style. In fact, A.I. contains numerous visual references to such Kubrick classics as Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining. Titled simply “Kubrick - Spielberg,” this ...
- Joe Blevins
If you’re more than a casual fan of either Steven Spielberg or Stanley Kubrick, then you likely know that the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence is basically a collaboration between the two filmmakers. Kubrick began working on the film in the 1970s and kept developing it through the 90s, mostly because he didn’t believe technology would […]
- Ethan Anderton
The modern movie landscape can make some people feel like the best days of film are behind us. With remakes, reboots and adaptations very abundant, and original movies seemingly not raking it in at the box office, that is an understandable sentiment. But the BBC felt like there are a lot of recent movies worth celebrating, and that is why they set out to make a list of the 100 greatest movies of the 21st century. The list they came up with is nothing if not interesting, and it is definitely a reminder that there are a lot of great movies that have been made in the last 16 years.
BBC published the list on Tuesday morning, after taking months to put it all together. In order to come up with this list, they used nearly 200 critics from both print and online publications, as well as academics and curators. The contributors that were used spanned the globe, »
Last year, the BBC polled a bunch of critics to determine the 100 greatest American films of all time and only six films released after 2000 placed at all. This year, the BBC decided to determine the “new classics,” films from the past 16 years that will likely stand the test of time, so they polled critics from around the globe for their picks of the 100 greatest films of the 21st Century so far. David Lynch’s “Mulholland Dr.” tops the list, Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” places second, and Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers both have 2 films in the top 25. See the full results below.
Read More: The Best Movies of the 21st Century, According to IndieWire’s Film Critics
Though the list itself is fascinating, what’s also compelling are the statistics about the actual list. According to the the BBC, they polled 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica. »
- Vikram Murthi
Ryan Lambie Aug 23, 2016
A critics' survey puts Mullholland Drive at the top of the list of the best films since 2000. Did yours make the cut?
Movie critics love Linklater, Studio Ghibli, the Coens and the surrealist stylings of David Lynch. At least, that's if a newly-published list of the 100 greatest films of the 21st century is anything to go by.
BBC Culture commissioned the poll, which took in responses from 177 film critics from all over the world. As a result, the top 100 includes an eclectic mix of the mainstream to independent movies, from dramas to sci-fi and off-beat comedies. Feew would be surprised to see things like Paolo Sorrentino's handsome Italian confection The Great Beauty propping up the lower end of the list, or that such acclaimed directors as Wes Anderson or the aforementioned Coens feature heavily.
What is pleasing to see, though, is how much good genre stuff has made the cut, »
Although we’re only about 16% into the 21st century thus far, the thousands of films that have been released have provided a worthy selection to reflect on the cinematic offerings as they stand. We’ve chimed in with our favorite animations, comedies, sci-fi films, and have more to come, and now a new critics’ poll that we’ve taken part in has tallied up the 21st century’s 100 greatest films overall.
The BBC has polled 177 critics from around the world, resulting in a variety of selections, led by David Lynch‘s Mulholland Drive. Also in the top 10 was Wong Kar-wai‘s In the Mood For Love and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which made my personal ballot (seen at the bottom of the page).
- Jordan Raup
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
It used to be we worried about the threat of artificial intelligence in movies like Colossus: The Forbin Project or “The Ultimate Computer” episode of Star Trek. Today, though, artificial intelligence is here thanks to Siri and Cortanna and their cousins. We talk to our phones and they answer back and these bots are growing increasingly sophisticated. As a result, what seemed ahead of its time a mere give years ago is looking increasingly prescient.
CBS’ Person of Interest arrived on September 22, 2011 and came with a fine pedigree having been created by Jonathan Nolan with J.J. Abrams on board as Executive Producer. It starred Michael Emerson, hot off Lost, Jim Caviezel, a pre-Empire Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Chapman. It received near universal acclaim »
- Robert Greenberger
Not to be confused “Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick,” a current exhibit in London featuring art inspired by the director, “The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition” has been touring the world with stops at Los Angeles, Toronto, Poland, and more. Featuring original props, equipment, costumes, and more items essential to the director’s career, it’s now at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and Mythbusters‘ Adam Savage has posted his own video tour.
In the fascinating overview, he looks at the candles in Barry Lyndon, Kubrick’s own lenses, concept art from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (which Savage worked on), the monkey costumes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, a model for Dr. Strangelove set, his preparation for his unmade epic Napoleon, which Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct, and much more.
- Jordan Raup
Now that he’s entered the post-“Mythbusters” phase of his career, Adam Savage has more time to pursue passion projects. That includes a third pilgrimage to the traveling Stanley Kubrick Exhibition, currently in residence at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in Savage’s hometown of San Francisco, which he’s documented for his YouTube endeavor Tested.
The visit marks his third time to the exhibit — he first saw it at Lacma in Los Angeles, then again in Toronto — and Savage proves an expectedly knowledgeable unofficial tour guide as he roams its halls. He discusses the camera made specifically for “Barry Lyndon” (which won an Oscar for its cinematography, which relied heavily on candles and used no artificial light for its interior scenes), his experiences working on “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” during his time »
- Michael Nordine
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
Steven Spielberg has a thing for movies about aliens. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and War of the Worlds are the biggest examples, but they can also be found in some of his less popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Even 1941 is a satire of the real evening an unidentified flying object over Los Angeles lead to mass military confusion. Heck, even the final evolution of robots in A.I. look like aliens. So, yeah, extraterrestrials are kind of Spielberg's thing, and we are totally okay with that because he does incredible things with the material. And soon we'll be able to add another project to this already impressive list. Spielberg's company, Amblin Partners, has just bought The Fall written by relative newcomer...
- Peter Hall
The director is at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival to accompany a screening of Pulp Fiction.
Iconic Us film-maker Quentin Tarantino is one of a number of high-profile international guests attending this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17). Tarantino is in town to accompany a screening of his 1994 feature, the Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning neo-noir black comedy Pulp Fiction. The film will be projected from a restored 35mm print from Tarantino’s personal archive.
The sold-out screening will take place at the Cinematheque tomorrow at 10pm. The director will participate in a live on-stage conversation following the film. Tarantino, who last visited Israel in 2009 to promote his Second World War thriller Inglourious Basterds, will also be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the festival’s opening ceremony tonight.
Once upon a time Steven Spielberg was the fabulist of our time. Looking at Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T or even Jurassic Park and A.I., you could see a sense of wonder and playfulness in his filmmaking, a childlike enthusiasm that never felt pandering or out of place. While the last few years have seen Spielberg in production mode for megafranchises (i.e. Transformers) and whittling away at history (Lincoln, Bridge of Spies) his true flights of fancy have been less overt. Save for an underappreciated The Adventures of Tintin, we've been seeing a lot more of a serious side of the director. It's all the more fitting, then, that The Bfg finds Spielberg returning to his overtly childish ways, finding a particularly genuine...
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Two costly new releases, “The Legend of Tarzan” (Warner Bros.) and “The Bgf” (Buena Vista), which reportedly cost over $300 million combined, look unlikely to dislodge Pixar/Disney’s high-flying “Finding Dory” from its third weekend in first place. And it is possible that a $10 million new entry, “The Purge: Election Year” (Universal), could edge out both as the best of the newbies.
But with “Dory” coming off a $73 million weekend, it should have little trouble topping $35 million for the three day total and over $40 million for the four. That should best all the first week entries, though their order remains a question mark.
Independence Day is one of three major holidays (Christmas and New Years Day along with it) that has no fixed weekday. That makes comparisons with other years more tricky. Last year July 4 fell on a Saturday (Friday was also a day off), with the result that the »
- Tom Brueggemann
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